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06.25.2015

POP Receives Two Knight Foundation Grants

Knight Foundation invests $1.48 million in the Philadelphia arts

PHILADELPHIA – June 24, 2015 – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced it is investing $1.48 million in 22 Philadelphia arts groups. The recipients, both large institutions and small artist-driven organizations, will promote innovation in the arts and engaging audiences in new ways.

The funding will support a range of projects – from helping Curtis Institute grads become citizen artists through a year of service in schools, to showcasing the work of top photographers and helping the beloved Philadelphia Clef Club celebrate jazz musicians on its 20th anniversary.

In addition, the projects will:

  • Promote continued artistic development, with “The Wilma Hothouse,” a series of master classes at the Wilma Theater, and Artist U workshops that help artists develop a sustainable practice;
  • Inspire the next generation of artists, by introducing Philly teens to jobs in creative industries at a new career expo this fall, and helping high school musicians become mentors to K-8 students enrolled in Play On, Philly!
  • Celebrate Philadelphia’s many cultures through cross-genre performances with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, an Afro-Cuban dance performance and the BlackStar Film Festival;
  • Promote innovation through INVISIBLE RIVER, a site-specific performance that takes place around and in the Schuylkill River, and via collaboration between Opera Philadelphia and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret that explores Andy Warhol’s legacy.

“These 22 groups are pushing boundaries to create new art and experiences that authentically engage Philadelphia audiences,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.  “We’re excited by these fresh ideas and projects that we hope will touch people throughout Philadelphia’s many neighborhoods.”

To read the full article and see all the grantees, visit the Knight Foundation.

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